Josh Jacobs and his father were homeless for much of his childhood — and now the NFL player is giving back to the man who raised him

By Jason Duaine Hahn
January 08, 2020 02:06 PM
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Oakland Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs surprised his emotional father with a house this week after the two spent many nights sleeping in a car during the NFL player’s childhood.

Jacobs, who was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, posted a video to his Instagram Story on Tuesday that showed his father, Marty Jacobs, choking up after finding out a house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was his own.

“Why are you trying not to cry, dude?” Jacobs joked while filming his father, who was nothing but smiles.

“Blessed … just bought my pops a house,” the 21-year-old later tweeted.

According to ESPN, Jacobs lived out of a car on the north side of Tulsa while staying with his father during parts of his childhood.

“Sleeping in the car, I always look back on it,” Jacobs told the outlet last year. “It’s always going to be something that molded me into who I am. It might have been rough, but, I mean, it’s my life.”

He added to “I remember seeing him not sleep … It’s crazy because I didn’t notice that I was sleeping in a car. I was just thinking that I was falling asleep and waking up. I didn’t think anything about it because I felt safe. He would just drive around until he found a place to sleep, and then I’d get up the next day and go to school.”

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Jacobs scored seven touchdowns during his rookie season with the Raiders but missed the final four games of the year with a shoulder injury. He ranked third in rushing yards per game, ESPN reported.

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The Raiders called the surprise an “unforgettable gesture” in a tweet that included a collection of Jacobs’ social media posts.

“[Jacobs] thanked his father for his sacrifices growing [up] by buying him a home in Oklahoma,” the team said.

“I’m real-life blessed,” Jacobs said in one of his Instagram Story videos on Tuesday. “I’ve spoke everything I was going to do into existence.”